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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cultural resources, consultation, and connections to place at Grand Canyon National Park
by Medwied-Savage, Jessica, M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2012, 84; 1518033
Abstract (Summary)

Developing relationships based on mutual respect and understanding between federal land management agencies and traditionally associated peoples improves management outcomes, decreases costly conflict, and works towards a more just society. This thesis will use critical theories and cultural analysis to examine the relationships between Grand Canyon National Park (the park) and its traditionally associated tribes (the tribes). Applying several critical theories shows how large-scale structural factors intertwine to shape the ongoing relationships between tribes, the place, and the park. Marxism focuses on the effects of economic class, while post-colonial subjectivity focuses on the effects of colonialism on the minds of the colonized. Political ecology further demonstrates how large-scale structural factors change the physical landscape. This thesis will further explore American, bureaucratic, and American Indian cultures and the intersections that have the potential to cause conflict. Insights from critical theories and exploration of cultural interactions experienced in my internship with the park's Tribal and Cultural Resources Programs can improve consultation programs to create more just, equitable, and mutually beneficial outcomes in federal-tribal consultation interactions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vasquez, Miguel
Commitee: Downum, Christian E., Vannette, Walter M.
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 51/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Native American studies, Recreation
Keywords: American Indian cultures, American culture, Bureaucratic cultures, Grand Canyon, Political ecology, Tribal consultation
Publication Number: 1518033
ISBN: 978-1-267-58749-7
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